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Business Profile Survey Coming Soon
PCT Magazine and NPMA have partnered to conduct a 2014 Business Profile Survey of the structural pest management industry. In the next couple weeks you will receive a link asking you to complete a series of questions about your 2014 company operating ratios. This survey will focus on the numerous revenue and expense categories to operate a pest management business. Our intention is to make the results and analysis available to all participants and NPMA members so that you can see how your company matches up to industry averages. Early results will be featured in the January 2015 Issue of PCT Magazine and a full report will be available shortly after. We strongly encourage participation so that you receive the final comprehensive results of this important industry survey.
There is Still Time to Register for the 2014 Lawn Care Summit!
There is still time to register for the 2014 Lawn Care Summit on Dec. 3-5 in Tampa, Florida. Whether you are currently in the lawn care industry or interested in expanding into this field, two days at the Lawn Care Summit will offer you essential insight for technical and business planning with educational sessions, regulatory updates, interaction with industry suppliers and networking with industry peers. Click here for more information and registration.
NPMA Member Benefit: Human Resources Consulting Service
Have a human resources problem? Question? Crisis?
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, any NPMA member is entitled to call, email or text Seay Management Consultants to speak with one of their HR consultants free of charge regarding any employment issue that arises in your business including employee dismissals, resolution of employee conflicts, payment of overtime, the feasibility of implementing a new employee benefit, or how to define or interpret a new policy or regulation.
In addition, NPMA members will receive a special 15 percent discount for HR management projects such as employee handbooks, compensation programs, EEOC investigations and more!
Sandy Seay and his associates are very familiar with the pest management industry, having represented and advised pest management companies for nearly 50 years. For more information about Seay Management Consultants, click here. To contact Sandy Seay, call 407-426-9484 or email email@example.com.
Celebrate Nov. 16-22 as Rodent Awareness Week
The Professional Pest Management Alliance and the industry drive awareness about winter’s most common pest
As our industry knows all too well, colder weather means one of the most problematic household pests – the rodent – will infest homes in droves this winter. In order to raise consumer awareness about the health and property risks of these pests, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), the public outreach arm of NPMA, has designated the week of November 16 to 22, 2014, as Rodent Awareness Week.
Differential Responses to Mosquito Repellents
A new study, led by Dr. Sunaiyana Sathantriphop of Kasetsart University in Thailand, explored how different populations of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, responded to the most commonly used mosquito repellents (DEET, citronella, and eucalyptus). Two types of populations were evaluated, one group that was susceptible to pyrethroids and one that was resistant to them, though there was no exposure to any pyrethroid products in the study. DEET and citronella elicited stronger behavioral effects than eucalyptus oil, which was not highly repellent in this study. Surprisingly, there were significant differences between pyrethroid-susceptible and pyrethroid-resistant populations in their responses to mosquito repelling compounds. Pyrethroid resistant mosquitoes showed a stronger aversion to repellents in both contact and non-contact experiments than the susceptible mosquitoes. These findings point out the need for additional research to further detail the effectiveness of repellent compounds and to explain how pyrethroid resistance affects behavioral response.
This study was published in the November 2014 volume of the Journal of Medical Entomology under the title, “Comparative Behavioral Responses of Pyrethroid-Susceptible and –Resistant Aedes aegpyti (Diptera: Culicidae) Populations to Citronella and Eucalyptus Oils."
Bob Dold Jr. Elected to Congress
Last Tuesday’s election was especially significant for the professional pest management industry.
First off, congratulations to Bob Dold Jr., the President of Rose Pest Solutions in Chicago, IL, who was once again elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Kudos to Bob and his family and the countless PMPs that supported Bob’s bid for Congress financially or otherwise. We look forward to working with Bob in Congress.
Other PMPs Win Elections
In other news regarding PMPs running for office, South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, who also owns Home Pest Control in West Columbia, won a second term on Tuesday. Additionally, Delegate Linda Goode Phillips of Phillips’ Termite and Pest Control in Pineville, WV; Senator Bill Sample of Pestco, Inc in Hot Springs, AR; and Rep. Mike Bernskoetter of Art’s Pest Control in Jefferson City, MO won reelection to the West Virginia House of Delegates, Arkansas Senate and Missouri House of Representatives, respectively. Moreover, Mike was also selected by his fellow House Republicans to serve as House Majority Caucus Secretary.
NPMA-PAC Supported Candidates All Win
Every candidate the National Pest Management Association-Political Action Committee (NPMA-PAC) supported this election cycle that was on the ballot emerged victorious. Thanks so much to all that contributed and supported the NPMA-PAC this cycle. Below is a list of the candidates NMPA-PAC contributed to.
Chris Collins (NY), Rodney Davis (IL), Bob Dold Jr. (IL), Jeff Duncan (SC), Stephen Fincher (TN), Brett Guthrie (KY), Tom Graves (GA), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Mick Mulvaney (SC), Tom Rice (SC), Tom Rooney (FL), Tim Scott (SC), Kurt Schrader (OR), Austin Scott (GA)
Pest Management/Pesticide Ballot Questions
Furthermore, voters in Maine and Oregon voted on a trio of pest control and pesticide ballot initiatives. Maine voters decisively approved Question 2, which authorizes the state to borrow $8 million to monitor human health threats related to ticks, mosquitoes and bedbugs through the creation of an animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service. In what is believed to be the first ever voter approved bed bug measure, the residents of Berwick, Maine passed by a 1,474 to 847 vote a “Bedbug Treatment Ordinance.”
The town of Ogunquit, Maine voted Tuesday to ban the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers on private property. Residents voted 444 to 297 in favor of the ordinance. According to the Maine Board of Pesticides Control, 24 municipalities in Maine have adopted some type of ordinance that regulates the use of pesticides, but Ogunquit is the only town to extend a ban to private property. Meanwhile, voters in Josephine County, Oregon rejected a proposed ban on most commercial pesticide use by a two to one margin.
NJ Legislative Committee Approves Applicator Pollinator Training Bill
A key New Jersey Assembly committee recently approved legislation requiring training for pesticide applicators and operators concerning pollinating bees. Click here to read the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee report on A 3355.
Study from Health Department, Montefiore Medical Center Targets Rodents, Pests as Causes of Asthma
New York Daily News
Oregon Company Fined $16,000 for Pesticide Spraying that Killed 1,000 Bees in Eugene
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Bernard Stegman, founder and owner of Arrow Exterminating, passed away on Friday, Oct. 31.
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